Fonseca, Caio

Caio Fonseca, born 1959, was raised in New York City.  In 1978 he went to Barcelona where he studied and painted until 1983.  He moved to Pietrasanta (Lucca) in 1985 where he worked until 1989.  After two years in Paris, he returned to New York and now divides his time between Pietrasanta and his studio in Manhattan on East Fifth Street.

Well known for his abstract tonal paintings, which have over several decades explored the interplay of forms interacting with each other, his work is partly informed by his training and interest in classical musical composition.  In 2011 Fonseca began distilling his vision and approach to painting, which resulted in a series of boldly minimal paintings, with black and white predominating.

Caio Fonseca’s paintings have been exhibited internationally in both museums and galleries. His work was presented in retrospectives at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2004 and at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), in Valencia, Spain in 2003. Fonseca’s paintings are in public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, including those of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and in New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.